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The Orioles have made Mark Trumbo their best offer

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There’s been quite a bit of back and forth between Mark Trumbo and the Orioles this month, and Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports that the team’s best offer is on the table. Previous reports indicate that it’s the same four-year, $52-55 million deal the Orioles tried to push several weeks ago, which fell short of the $75-80 million Trumbo’s team was said to be seeking.

Trumbo doesn’t appear to have made his final decision just yet, but it’s not for lack of interest. The veteran slugger batted a cool .256/.316/.533 during 2016, contributing a league- and career-best 47 home runs in his first season with Baltimore. The Mariners, Rockies and Indians are among those reportedly in talks with the 30-year-old, though no competing offers have been publicized so far this offseason.

The Orioles have options, too, and Kubatko suggests that the club could make an effort to re-sign Pedro Alvarez or stash Trey Mancini in the DH spot if they can’t reach an agreement with Trumbo. According to a quote from Alvarez’s agent, Scott Boras, the 29-year-old is using the offseason to expand his “defensive resume,” with the intention of sharpening his skills at first base and in the outfield as he tries to net a contract before the 2017 season begins. He split his time between DH and third base with the Orioles in 2016, producing a .249/.322/.504 line and 22 homers in 376 PA.

Anthems, first pitches and other ceremonial stuff

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The World Series is not just about the baseball. It’s about the bigger-than-usual stars singing the National Anthem, the more-famous-than-usual people throwing out the first pitch and all of the assorted to-do which surrounds the ballgames. Here is that sort of stuff for Game 1 and Game 2 in Boston.

First pitches:

  • Carl Yastrzemski will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 1. Yastrzemski also threw out the first pitch of Game 1 in 2004, 2007 and 2013. The Red Sox won each of those games and each of those World Series so, yeah, go with what works, right?
  • Members of the 2004 World Series Champions will throw the ceremonial first pitch of Game 2. It doesn’t say which members, so maybe my dream of Manny Ramirez doing it will work out after all. Hey, he played for the Dodgers too, so let’s make this happen, OK?

National Anthems:

  • Singer-songwriter James Taylor will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of Game 1. This morning Peter Gammons tweeted that Taylor’s family helped build Fenway Park. Let’s file that under “interesting, but not so interesting that it’s really worth tracking down to confirm, so why not believe it?” Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground.
  • For Game 2 the National Anthem will be performed by the Boston Pops, with the Tanglewood Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children’s Chorus doing the singing. The Boston Pops are conducted by Keith Lockhart, who was a career .287/.354/.425 hitter in 37 postseason games with the Atlanta Braves. I mean, at least I’m pretty sure it’s the same Keith Lockhart. Again: not interesting enough to check so, like Gammons’ thing about James Taylor, let’s assume I’m right about this.

Play ball.